Mad for Plaid – How to Wear Winter Plaids Without Looking Dated
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Mad for Plaid – How to Wear Winter Plaids Without Looking Dated

The timeless pattern of plaid has been hot on the runways again this year from designers like Michael Kors, Isa Arfen, and Emilia Wickstead. While plaid is easy and fun to wear, it can be tricky to pull off. There’s a fine line between looking sophisticated and looking like you came directly from 1992. We’ve put together a few tips for wearing winter plaids so you can look chic and cool instead of dated. 

Go Casual with a Big Plaid Shirt 

Whether you live in sunny L.A. or you’re in chilly New York City, a big plaid shirt is a hot look this winter. In fact, celebrities on both coasts have been seen rocking this trend, including stars like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, and Jessica Alba

Go casual like Beyonce by topping a pair of boyfriend jeans with a plaid shirt. Then add accessories that pick up the colors of your plaid. 

Dress it up like Jessica Alba by pairing it with a ruffled midi skirt and a pair of strappy pumps.

Have Fun and Mix Your Plaids 

According to Who What Wear, it’s perfectly acceptable to mix your plaids this year. Let loose and have a little fun with it. Combine red plaids and green plaids for a festive look that’s perfect for holiday wear. Pink plaids and red plaids look great together, too. When you do mix plaids, choose accessories in plain, neutral colors. 

Mad for Plaid – How to Wear Winter Plaids Without Looking Dated

Perfect Your Work Style with a Plaid Blazer

Looking for a great way to wear plaid to work? Try topping a pair of dressy black pants and a silk blouse with a black plaid blazer. Add red booties for a pop of color, and you’re ready to take on the office. 

A plaid blazer also looks great over midi skirts, maxi skirts, or even a trendy jumpsuitCelebs like Kourtney Kardashian, Hailey Baldwin, and Cara Delevingne are on board with the plaid blazer trend, and Rhianna even dared to wear an oversized plaid blazer as a dress (although we don’t recommend that look for work). 

Liverpool Women's Boyfriend Plaid Knit Blazer, Size X-Small - Black

Liverpool Women's Boyfriend Plaid Knit Blazer, Size X-Small - Black

$109.00
Veronica Beard Women's Hudson Plaid Wool Blend Dickey Jacket, Size 10 - Blue

Veronica Beard Women's Hudson Plaid Wool Blend Dickey Jacket, Size 10 - Blue

$750.00
Veronica Beard Women's Brock Glen Plaid Dickey Blazer, Size 2 - Grey

Veronica Beard Women's Brock Glen Plaid Dickey Blazer, Size 2 - Grey

$695.00
BB Dakota Women's Just Checking In Plaid Blazer, Size X-Small - Red -12%

BB Dakota Women's Just Checking In Plaid Blazer, Size X-Small - Red

$98 $85.92
Tanya Taylor Women's Melena Plaid Double Breasted Jacket, Size 12 - Grey -40%

Tanya Taylor Women's Melena Plaid Double Breasted Jacket, Size 12 - Grey

$595 $356.98
Altuzarra Women's Two-Button Tartan Jacket, Size 12 US / 46 FR - Black

Altuzarra Women's Two-Button Tartan Jacket, Size 12 US / 46 FR - Black

$1,795.00
1.STATE Women's Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer, Size X-Large - Black

1.STATE Women's Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer, Size X-Large - Black

$139.00
Madewell Women's Glen Plaid Oversize Knit Blazer, Size XX-Large - Grey -25%

Madewell Women's Glen Plaid Oversize Knit Blazer, Size XX-Large - Grey

$98 $73.50
Mural Women's Plaid Longline Blazer, Size Medium - Black -40%

Mural Women's Plaid Longline Blazer, Size Medium - Black

$100 $59.98
Nydj Cropped Plaid Blazer

Nydj Cropped Plaid Blazer

$129.00
Max Mara Women's Angelo Glen Plaid Cotton Jacket, Size 8 - Ivory

Max Mara Women's Angelo Glen Plaid Cotton Jacket, Size 8 - Ivory

$1,490.00
Whistles Double-Breasted Plaid Blazer

Whistles Double-Breasted Plaid Blazer

$399.00
Gerard Darel Valentina Plaid Single-Button Blazer

Gerard Darel Valentina Plaid Single-Button Blazer

$560.00
Frame Glen Plaid Double-Breasted Blazer

Frame Glen Plaid Double-Breasted Blazer

$595.00
Msgm Giacca Double-Breasted Plaid Scuba Blazer

Msgm Giacca Double-Breasted Plaid Scuba Blazer

$903.00
R13 plaid fitted blazer - Blue -20%

R13 plaid fitted blazer - Blue

$2655 $2,124.00
Junya Watanabe oversized plaid blazer - Grey -30%

Junya Watanabe oversized plaid blazer - Grey

$2370 $1,659.00
Lorena Antoniazzi fitted plaid blazer - Grey

Lorena Antoniazzi fitted plaid blazer - Grey

$721.00

Try an Asymmetrical Plaid Skirt 

If you’re going with a plaid skirt, it’s important to avoid anything too stuffy, so you don’t look like you pulled it out of your grandmother’s closet. Keep it fresh by going with an asymmetrical plaid skirt and pairing it up with a chunky sweater in a complementary color. The asymmetrical hemline ensures it looks sophisticated. 

Another option is to go with a long pleated plaid skirt, a cardigan, and black stiletto boots, a look recently modeled perfectly by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton on her way to a holiday party. 

Classic Tartan Pants 

Classic tartan pants are the perfect way to try the plaid trend, and they’re perfect for everything from work to a day out shopping. Try gray tartan skinny pants (like Gigi Hadid’s), top with a red sweater, and add black booties for an outfit that will take you from the office to happy hour. 

Navy tartan pants like the ones Kristen Stewart is wearing look great with a simple t-shirt, or they dress them up with a silk blouse and nude pumps.

Mad for Plaid – How to Wear Winter Plaids Without Looking Dated
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